Doggone it … registration fees to rise

Doggone it … registration fees to rise

PHOTO/PEXELS.COM 2019/2020 Dog Registration Fees Wairarapa’s three councils finalised dog fees this week, decisions one councillor said that many people think is their ‘most important’. STAFF REPORTERS There is nothing like dog fees to get ratepayers nipping at the...

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Pongaroa roots for NZ’s oldest sheep

Pongaroa roots for NZ’s oldest sheep

Busby the Texel-Romney cross wether, looking fine and fit at age 24. PHOTOS/rnz.co.nz Fruit, bread on Busby’s menu TRACY NEAL What is believed to be New Zealand’s oldest sheep was born in Wairarapa, though his genetic roots lie in the blustery North Sea island of...

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Tough choices looming for Catholic parish

Tough choices looming for Catholic parish

St Patrick's Church in Masterton. PHOTO/FILE Lack of priests, building issues, loss of numbers Financial problems front of mind STEVE RENDLE steve.rendle@age.co.nz A radical shake-up of the Catholic church in Wairarapa could see fewer church buildings, fewer priests,...

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Hoof and Hook pulls in ‘farmers’

Hoof and Hook pulls in ‘farmers’

Competitors ranged in age from eight to 24 years old. PHOTOS/JADE CVETKOV GIANINA SCHWANECKE gianina.schwanecke@age.co.nz From being paraded on the hoof to meat scoring on the hook, young people interested in entering the beef industry had their work cut out for them...

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Crickets leading food revolution

Crickets leading food revolution

Breadcraft owner John Cockburn and cricket expert John Hart with their cricket products. PHOTOS/PAM GRAHAM PAM GRAHAM pam.graham@age.co.nz The wraps are off a cricket farming venture in Wairarapa by Breadcraft, and while the taste may be nutty the business case is far...

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Lemonade plans for ‘lemon land’

Lemonade plans for ‘lemon land’

The land at 57 Fitzherbert St. PHOTO/FILE STEVE RENDLE steve.rendle@age.co.nz Plans are afoot for South Wairarapa District Council to make lemonade out of the ‘lemon land” in the centre of Featherston, where a Chorus duct has stymied development in the past. The...

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Wastewater hearings deferred again

Wastewater hearings deferred again

The Hodder Farm site proposed for irrigation of Featherston’s wastewater. PHOTO/FILE STEVE RENDLE steve.rendle@age.co.nz Hearings on controversial plans to irrigate Featherston’s wastewater to land have been deferred for the third time, with South Wairarapa District...

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Kuranui pupil second in unity speech event

Kuranui pupil second in unity speech event

Nina Gelashvili, delivering her speech at the 2019 Race Unity Speech Awards. PHOTO/BEN PARKINSON ELI HILL eli.hill@age.co.nz A Wairarapa pupil with the gift of the gab has been named runner-up at the 2019 Race Unity Speech Awards – with a speech she left to the last...

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Council ponders hurdles for hub

Council ponders hurdles for hub

Plans for the proposed community hub at McJorrow Park. PHOTO/SUPPLIED PAM GRAHAM pam.graham@age.co.nz Masterton District Council yesterday considered putting processes in place so a new community hub can be built by a community group in McJorrow Park. Te Awhina...

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Run over at school

Run over at school

Iraia Morgan, 8, with brother Te Koha Waimotu-Dingle, 5, who was run over at school on Friday. PHOTOS/GIANINA SCHWANECKE GIANINA SCHWANECKE gianina.schwanecke@age.co.nz A five-year-old boy at Kahutara Primary School is lucky to have escaped serious injury after being...

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Stepping up for Sky Tower

Stepping up for Sky Tower

Zoe Sinclair, Rob Brown and Emily Abbot [left to right] training for the Firefighter Sky Tower Stair Challenge on Saturday. PHOTO/ELI HILL Camaraderie key in climb ELI HILL eli.hill@age.co.nz A trio of Martinborough firefighters are preparing to take on New Zealand’s...

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Carterton council extends chief’s stay

Carterton council extends chief’s stay

Jane Davis. PHOTO/FILE Carterton District Council chief executive Jane Davis’ contract has been extended for another two years. The decision was made during an extraordinary council meeting last week after a review. The review committee, set up in February, comprised...

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Coastal planting day taking root

Coastal planting day taking root

More than 60 people participated in last year’s planting day at Okorewa Lagoon. PHOTO/SUPPLIED ELI HILL eli.hill@age.co.nz A group working to return Okorewa Lagoon to its former glory is calling for volunteers to help with planting native shrubs and grasses. Tucked in...

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Sentence disappoints

Sentence disappoints

Sean Woollgar says his bike is all right but he isn’t. PHOTO/PAM GRAHAM Victim’s leg will never be the same PAM GRAHAM pam.graham@age.co.nz Carterton’s Sean Woollgar, 56, isn’t happy with the sentence handed down to the young man who essentially attacked him with his...

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